Eamonn Holmes says Ruth didn’t want him to join This Morning as pair prefer to work apart

Eamonn Holmes says Ruth didn’t want him to join This Morning as pair prefer to work apart

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This Morning host Eamonn Holmes, 61, and Ruth Langsford, 60, have been hosting the ITV show on Fridays together for over a decade, but while the latter has claimed she enjoys working with her spouse, Eamonn admitted she originally wasn’t keen on the idea.

She’s never been keen on us working together ever

Eamonn Holmes

In a recent interview, the broadcaster was asked if he ever thought they would work together in the earlier stages of their relationship.

He said: “No I didn’t think that, Ruthie was very happy working in Plymouth, her TV company lost its franchise she then had to go about and do a lot of the travelling, she had to work for Countryfile and various things like that.”

Speaking to Nicki Chapman on Talking Success podcast, he added: “And that’s tough, you make all that look beautiful at ease and [it’s] lovely scenery and everything else but we all know what’s involved aside filming and respect to you for that.

“She had to do a lot of that and we didn’t see a lot of each other then she increasingly got studio work first of all in Birmingham and then in London.”

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Eamonn went on to say: “She’s worked at This Morning longer than any other presenter has and then a couple of years into her presenting, they phoned me and said ‘Would you like to do this?’ and Ruth said no, she wouldn’t like to do this, she didn’t think it was a good idea.

“So she’s never been keen on us working together ever, so I think we work… I mean people are very nice when we work together but, I think we both prefer to work apart.”

Last year, Eamonn said while the pair prefer to work on solo projects, he misses Ruth when she’s not by his side.

He told Express.co.uk: “I think you’d rather do any presentation on your own.

“I can’t think of any presentation that I wouldn’t want to do on my own.

“It’s like, why would you want to drive a car with two people on the steering wheel?”

But, on the odd occasion when Ruth isn’t with him on This Morning, he admitted he can feel sadness.

“The only time is when Ruth is not there, it’s my only sadness, they’ll always be a good reason,” he divulged.


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“The thing with Ruth is, I go out and she’s loved, I just need to have a sign around my head which says, ‘Ruth is not with me’.

“All I ever get is people saying, ‘Where’s Ruth?’ I think people really like to see us together,” he added.

The couple, who married in 2010, are currently on a break from the  ITV show.

Last year, it was announced Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary will be filling their Friday slot and Eamonn and Ruth will return to present during half term holidays.

Addressing the news on Twitter at the time, Eamonn told his one million followers: “It’s a changing of the guard on Fridays from January.  

“We hope you make Alison and Dermot as welcome as you’ve made us over the years. Have a Ball you two!”

Confirming he and Ruth will not be leaving the show for good, he added: “It’s not goodbye from us, it’s simply Au Revoir until the next half term.”

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.

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